Thursday, January 31, 2008

What we're reading: Carlie Herrick

Sherman Alexie’s Flight takes readers on a postmodern picaresque time journey. The main character Zits, a fifteen year old, anger walking machine, decides to gun down innocent bystanders at a Seattle bank lobby. During his shooting rampage, Zits is shot in the head and, thus, begins his pĂ­caro time journey. Instead of visiting traditional Purgatoire, Zits’s spirit embodies historical figures, such as a young Native American boy at Little Big Horn; a racist, white male FBI agent at Red River; and an Indian Scout at Sand Creek Massacre. Through his time travels, Zits begins to ask questions about resolution, violence, judgment, and grace. Further, he begins to understand that his identity doesn’t have to be tied to zits, anger, and abuse. Alexie’s style of humor and poignancy are at its best.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Books as art

The Lander Art Center's new exhibit "Altered Books" opens today, Jan. 9. The public is invited to a reception will be held from 6-8 pm, Friday, January 11.

"Altered Books" is a body of work based on a collaboration of 24 artists using the idea of “book” as a starting point and arepresented in a variety of structures in mixed media. The resulting works explore a range of ideas from mapping and place, to secrets,celebrating the ordinary in daily life, to passage, alchemy and perception, trees as metaphor, list making, home and the cycles oflife to name a few. It's a must see! If you can't make the reception, "Altered Books" will be on display until February 1, 2008.

The Lander Art Center is located at 224 Main Street in Lander (former location of Hello the House). Call 332-5772 for more information.